Firstly, I want to thank all of you for listening to my ideas.
I’m writing this as I feel so please excuse the grammar/typos.
I’ve been around guns my entire life. From seeing my grandmother carry a .38 as she walked us from the car to the house everyday, to my uncle casually wearing a machine gun (the same one used on the cover) hanging from his shoulder, to me owning my own gun for protection. My closest friends have been murdered by the use of guns. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, unfortunately, guns are as common as bikes are in some neighborhoods. I am not proud of this. It pains me greatly. So I speak on it - openly. No filters. Me and Jerod Gibson (my graphic designer) wanted to be as direct as possible with the direction of this album aesthetically; acute without being provocative. A great part of the subject matter on Fearless Beauty deals with my childhood in Chicago so I wanted the images to reflect that.
I’m not in a gang. I don’t glorify gun violence or gang activity. I’m a grown ass man with a responsibility to open the worlds eyes to whats happening to our babies in Chicago.
The Gun represents the weapon used to get The Crown, which breaks The Hearts of those we love.
Still, The Heart shines the brightest. It always does.
Thanks for your time, stay tune for Fearless Beauty!
New York… The big lonely city.